City is a mag­net for top re­tail­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - TOWN HALL VIEW -

My wife would be first to say that my per­fect Satur­day isn’t one spent shop­ping, but Peter­bor­ough is fast build­ing an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for at­tract­ing top name re­tail­ers look­ing to open new stores here.

Re­search pub­lished this month high­lighted Peter­bor­ough as the num­ber one area for of­fer­ing the best prime op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­tail­ers in Eng­land and Wales.

The city was high­lighted as be­ing good value for oc­cu­piers and an area where busi­nesses were con­sid­er­ing open­ing a new, or even their first, store in the city. We are al­ready wit­ness­ing this pos­i­tive trend in the city’s shop­ping cen­tres. In re­cent months, 11 new brands have been added to Queens­gate in­clud­ing MAC Cos­met­ics and Pan­dora, Ann Sum­mers and New Look have all opened larger stores.

Food fans have been flock­ing to sam­ple the Caribbean flavours of the Tur­tle Bay restau­rant which sits look­ing out onto St John’s Square and this will soon be joined a few me- tres away by Charles Well’s Pizza, Pots and Pints and Mid- dle­tons Steak­house on Bridge Street which opens at the start of Septem­ber.

The city coun­cil has fur- ther en­hanced Peter­bor- ough’s of­fer to re­tail­ers through its ma­jor pub­lic realm re­gen­er­a­tion project to im­prove the look and feel of the city centre.

While Queens­gate is well un­der­way with their mul­ti­mil­lion pound im­prove­ment pro­gramme, the re­de­vel­op­ment of Ser­pen­tine Green in Hamp­ton is look­ing great with Next set to open an ex­panded store this month and a new M&S Food­hall open­ing. What was known as Peter­bor­ough Gar­den Park has been re­named Peter­bor­ough One Re­tail Park this sum­mer with Kid­di­care open­ing a new store.

Peter­bor­ough has a pop­u­la­tion ap­proach­ing 200,000 and a re­tail catch­ment ap­proach­ing one mil­lion peo­ple ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics. With all these new re­tail out­lets and shops open­ing then more jobs are cre­ated and this fur­ther triggers eco­nomic growth in the city.

I hope you agree that we have many won­der­ful, lovely ar­eas in the city in­clud­ing a num­ber of award-win­ning parks and this brings me onto my fi­nal topic.

Cen­tral Park, It­ter Park, Manor Farm Park and Vic­to­ria Gar­dens have all been named as some of the best parks to visit in the UK - yet again!

These parks have suc­cess­fully re­tained the na­tional Green Flag sta­tus and when you visit them you will see why they have achieved this ac­co­lade. The im­mac­u­lately kept Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium also re­tained the sta­tus.

This is a boost to Peter­bor­ough’s en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials and plau­dits must go to Amey who main­tain these parks on be­half of the coun­cil.

In­vest­ment in our parks and green spa­ces is an area we work hard to main­tain un­der tight fi­nan­cial pres­sures as we know how im­por­tant they are to the Peter­bor­ough com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to the city.

We just have to make sure we all work to­gether so these ar­eas and oth­ers are kept clean and tidy for all to en­joy. I know of peo­ple in my ward who do this and these are the kinds of peo­ple we recog­nise each year in the coun­cil’s Civic Awards.

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the 2018 Peter­bor­ough Civic Awards.

This is your chance to give peo­ple who go out of their way to give back to the com­mu­nity their mo­ment in the lime­light by putting their name for­ward for a Peter­bor­ough Civic Award.

There is a range of cat­e­gories for peo­ple to be en­tered in, in­clud­ing for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, busi­ness, sport, and art and cul­ture.

This will be the third year these awards have been held.

So, if you want to high­light the self­less ded­i­ca­tion of a friend, rel­a­tive or col­league then now is the time to do it.

Nom­i­na­tions forms are avail­able from the coun­cil’s web­site and the clos­ing date is at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader gives his view on the coun­cil and news and is­sues af­fect­ing you...

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